hiroshi hashimoto’s evolution as an artist continues with this new piece of work. familiar c.o. themes like sexual obsession, religious ritualism and traditional japanese culture permeate “the cause of the flow” with a new-found subtlety. such themes will come as no surprise to those acquainted with hashimoto’s early tape works. also built into the live and studio collages are rhythmic structures, inspired in part by collaboration with c.o.'s former percussionist marvel (who left c.o. in 2000). even with the replacement of acoustic beats by electronic ones, c.o.'s signature collages survive in a freshly melodic form. the perhaps over-used designation “soundtrack to a yet undone movie” is a perfect fit.
this disc should be enjoyed uninterrupted in a dark, warm room;
sensory deprivation might further enhance the experience.